Jaime Geideman – Associate Worship Pastor

“Savage” – have you heard of it? Have you heard all the teens using it? I have a teenage son and I feel like it’s all I hear from him and his friends…that’s so “savage.” To teens “savage” is used as another way to say mean, harsh, etc. Then there is “beast,” everything great or awesome is referred to as “beast…””dude, that was so beast!” It’s hysterical how words take over a culture, how they take over a generation. Words are powerful!

We introduced a song last weekend in students and I had the privilege of leading worship for our Mesa students and was able to talk about the power of a word in that song. We are introducing that same song this weekend in our big houses, it’s a song called “Broken Vessels.” This is a new song but it has the lyrics of Amazing Grace within it and as I was looking through the lyrics of that very familiar chorus, one word in that chorus stuck out to me.

Amazing grace

How sweet the sound

That saved a wretch like me

I once was lost

But now I’m found

Was blind but now I see

Wretch – now there’s a powerful word. And in keeping with the current one-word crazes, I thought to myself…I might be savage sometime, I might be beast sometime but I am always, definitely so wretch. But guess what, I’m not alone…you are so wretch too. Romans 3:23 tells us:

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God

We all are wretch, we are all sinners, we think things we shouldn’t, we’ve done things we regret, we do things we are ashamed of, we all fall short. This is why our loving God sent His Son to die on the cross for us, to take all of our shortcomings, all of our wretch onto Himself and make a way for us, to redeem us and to save us.

And we get to respond in praise; giving thanks that he “saved a wretch like me.” Words are powerful and we want to use them to glorify the name of Jesus and to give thanks for what He has done and what He does in our lives. So, I invite you this weekend to come to a service and sing His praise with us.





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